There are some cultures that encourage tattoos. These tattoos may have tribal significance. Other cultures may accept tattoos as simply pretty. And some cultures frown upon tattoos that are openly visible for all to see.
What is interesting is that God says He had a “tattoo.” In Isaiah 49:14, the people of Israel say that God has forgotten them. But God says He has not forgotten them. In verse 16 we read, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” God does not have physical hands. He uses this symbolism to make the point that He does not forget His people.
God has His people’s names written on His palms. Most tattoos are on the side of a person’s arms, on the back, or on the legs. If a tattoo is in these places, clothing will usually cover it up. But clothing rarely covers the hands. One’s palms are constantly visible. Whatever is on the palms is a constant reminder.
Is your name written on God’s palms? Do you study your Bible? Do you obey the Bible? If you do not, your name is not written on God’s palms. Make sure God writes your name on His palms.
–Mark McWhorter, Wisdom’s Corner “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”—Luke 10:20
via House to House, Volume 11, Number 6, Pages 3